Bishop Noll at Whiting girls volleyball with a focus on sisters Bishop Noll freshman Brittany Anderson and Whiting senior Kaylyn Anderson.
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Photos by Jonathan Miano
WHITING VS CLARK FOOTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK
WHITING | Breaking in the new field turf took some time, but Whiting finally got the ball rolling in the “Battle of 119th Street” on Saturday night.
The Oilers scored four second-half touchdowns and rolled up nearly 400 yards of total offense in a 31-6 win over Clark at Ray P. Gallivan Field.
The game capped off a ceremonious night for Whiting that included a field dedication and a reunion of the 1993 sectional championship team.
“I’m living the dream,” Whiting coach Jeff Cain said. “This was maybe the longest day of my life, but it was worth it.”
AJ Veloz threw for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns while star running back Ethan Young accounted for a rushing touchdown and 174 yards of total offense. It took some time for the Whiting offense to get going, especially since the Oilers didn’t get the ball until 33 minutes after the game started.
Clark received the opening kickoff and was driving down the field when junior running back Maurice Dawkins suffered a left elbow injury that delayed the game for nearly 15 minutes.
“As soon as I saw the injury I told the guys to sit tight because it was going to take a while,” Cain said. “We were still on defense and we had to make a couple more plays before we got the ball. That’s no excuse.”
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Photos by John Smierciak
WHITING OILMEN VS LEXINGTON SNIPES BASEBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK
WHITING | As the ace of the Oilmen pitching staff last summer, it's obvious the team is expecting big things from Crown Point grad Josh Negele again this season.
Used mainly in relief as a pitcher at Indiana State this past season, Negele said he was still feeling tight from the college season, and the normally reliable lefty didn't have his best pitches in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Lexington Snipes in the home opener.
“There was a lot of fatigue today,” said Negele, who led the Midwest Collegiate League with a 1.10 ERA last summer and went 4-0. “I knew I could do more, but my body couldn't take it. It was really frustrating knowing you couldn't do what you can.”
Oilmen coach Justin Huisman recognized that Negele was a little tender in his start.
“Usually when that happens, your mechanics kind of change a little bit,” Huisman said. “He was kind of falling off and leaving the ball up in the zone more than he usually does.
"Usually, his command is a lot better than that. He wasn't quite himself, but he'll take a little time off and see what happens.”
Negele ended his outing with four innings pitched, seven hits and three earned runs before being pulled in favor of Joe Cochran, who pitched three scoreless innings.
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Photos by John Smierciak
CLASS 2A REGIONAL BASEBALL IN WHITING, IN., BY JOHN SMIERCIAK
WHITING | "It should have been over a lot sooner than it was."
That was the first thing uttered by Adams Central baseball coach Dave Neuenschwander.
Down 12-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Bishop Noll roared back with five runs in the inning and had another runner on base, but the Warriors' comeback bid fell short 12-9 in the Class 2A Whiting Regional championship Monday night.
Four Warriors reached base to begin the wild seventh as Larry Crisler, Tony Cobb, Matt Sandoval and pinch runner Eryk Jones all scored.